UPS seniors invite Tacoma to make hopscotch history

A pair of University of Puget Sound seniors want Tacoma to hop into the record books May 3, so they’ll lay out the world’s longest hopscotch court on their school’s campus.

Brandon Johnson, Graham Robinson and others are laying out a 3.5-mile hopscotch court around campus in an effort to break the 2011 record of 3.42 miles set by Toronto’s University of Guelph, according to statement released by UPS.

The record attempt will run from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and start and end at Kittredge Art Gallery. Registration opens at 9:30 a.m. at Jones Circle near North Alder and 15th streets. Registration is also available online at pugetsound.edu/hopscotch.

Organizers are suggesting a donation of $5 per person or $10 per family. The proceeds will go to Puget Sound youth programs, which organize tutoring for college students and mentoring for school children.

The course will be marked with blue and yellow flour and cornstarch, and will make its way along campus sidewalks and parking lots. The festivities will include food, art and music.

To earn a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records, at least two people will have to hop the entire course. Johnson and Robinson plan to do this with some friends. They reportedly are training, and expect the record attempt will take a couple of hours.

“This is a dream I’ve had for 10 years, to set the world record for the longest hopscotch course,” Johnson said in a statement released by the university. “Hopscotch is a growing trend that a lot of people are using to connect cities. Detroit has a course, and Seattle’s Central District has one. Everything about this event suggests a great way to usher in summer and to bring the community together.”

Organizers have enlisted a large team of volunteers from around the South Sound. They plan to set up the course May 1-2 using (and reusing hundreds of times) a large template. The flour-cornstarch concoction will wash away when it rains, organizers said.